BeauSoleil Louisiana Solar Home
In these days of escalating energy costs and post-hurricane rebuilding on the Gulf coast, an affordable, environmentally sustainable house is not just a good idea but a necessity. The BeauSoleil Louisiana Solar Home aims to address these critical issues and more. As one of only twenty Universities in the world participating in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2009 competition, TEAM BeauSoleil of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is meeting these challenges head-on on a worldwide stage. The Solar Decathlon is a competition for teams of university students that compete to design, build, and operate an attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar powered house. In October 2009, college and university teams from around the world will join the competition’s organizers and sponsors in Washington, D.C. to assemble a “solar village” on the National Mall. (www.solardecathlon.org)
The BeauSoleil Louisiana Solar Home is a regionally-appropriate, affordable hybrid of passive and active energy systems. The BeauSoleil Home will generate all its power from roof-top solar cells, collect its own drinking water from rainwater harvesting and heat the water with solar energy. Structural Insulated wall Panels (SIPS), low-energy appliances and lights and a highly-efficient air-conditioning system will reduce overall energy use. It is the goal of the project to eventually mass-produce the BeauSoleil Home for the public. For more information please go to www.BeauSoleilHome.org.
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